By the age of fifty, 85% of men are experiencing some form of hair thinning. There are more products than ever that not only combat male pattern baldness but also help to disguise it. I've already discussed some tips for slowing hair loss, and in a perfect world, reversing it.
The suggestions in this article don't focus on dealing with hair loss. They focus on making thin hair look thick. You might have thin hair because you're actually losing it, or maybe you're a guy who was born with it. Either way, guys with fine hair (like me) need to make the most of what they got.
Before we get into the right products to thicken up your hair, there are a few general things to keep in mind...
Many guys with thinning hair experience that thinning on the top of the head, while the back and sides remain thicker. This is a form of male pattern baldness. If this is you, it's best to keep the back and sides shorter, so that the top looks thicker by comparison. This is a pretty common practice these days.
Across the board, avoid heavy, dense, products that weigh down the hair too much. This is why I don't recommend using a conditioner too often, as it will weigh down the hair.
A lot of people will recommend mousse for you. It's overrated for thin hair. It helps with volume but not thickness and in my experience, can actually make the hair appear sparse.
Lastly, you want to avoid products with a lot of shine. These products tend to make thin hair look even thinner, especially in direct light. This is a huge no-no if you want your scalp to remain concealed. Stick to lightweight, matte products for a much better look.
Now that we've got the simple stuff out of the way, let's actually get you some thick looking hair!
Of course, you don't need all of these products. I would incorporate 2-3 into your styling routine for a couple weeks and see how you do. If you still want added thickness, come back and switch things up a bit.
Texturizing powder that makes the hair look and feel thicker. It adds tons of lightweight volume. I like OSiS+ Dust It Mattifying Powder:
Blow drying helps to add life and lift to your hair. Blow dry your hair when it's only slightly damp and go against the grain at first for more lift. Ideally, get a hair dryer with multiple speed and temperature settings.
This product expands the hair strands, making your hairstyle appear thicker from root to tip. The Aveda Thickening Tonic works well and is made with mostly natural ingredients.
*I haven't personally tested hair tonic, but I'd like to hear your experience if you've tried it.
My personal favorite is Toppik Hair Building Fibers. Toppik is made from natural Keratin protein that intertwines with your existing hair for a thicker, natural look. Just sprinkle some into the thinnest areas of your scalp for a fuller look:
You're going to need some product to hold in that volume and make sure your style stays put throughout the day. I like using clay for a thickening effect and a matte look. Clay is also more natural and can help draw out impurities. The issue with clay is that it tends to be a bit heavier and can weight down the hair. Try to find a lighter clay if you can, or switch to a paste, which is a touch lighter. I'm a huge fan of the Kevin Murphy Night Rider or Rough Rider.
Lastly, you're going to want to use a finishing spray to help hold it all together. A finishing hair-spray will give you a good hold with flexibility. The Session Spray from Kevin Murphy is worth every penny. It locks your style in place without feeling weighted down or "crunchy":
There you have it gents, a full system for full hair.
Let me know how some of these work for you in the comments below. If you have any tips that work for you, remember that sharing, is indeed, caring.